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Lone Elk Park

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Wonderful hidden gem!!

I loved everything about this place. 1. It’s free to enter!! 2. You can view the entire park from... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2018
Livingston, Louisiana
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Fall is a Good Time to See Elk

The fall leaves were peaked and the weather was cool, so we decided to drive through Lone Elk Park... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2018
Pat L
Florissant, Missouri
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

I loved everything about this place. 1. It’s free to enter!! 2. You can view the entire park from the comfort of your car. 3. The wildlife are plentiful and were seen from all over the park! While you can hike many trails, we opted...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

The fall leaves were peaked and the weather was cool, so we decided to drive through Lone Elk Park, a St. Louis County (free) Park in search of elk. It was also rutting season, so there were plenty of warnings for visitors to stay inside...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pat L
Reviewed November 14, 2018

My wife and I found this park at the height of the fall season, and found the scenery absolutely jaw-dropping. It's worth a trip in the fall just for that. We didn't seen any of the bison herd, but did see several elk, which only...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

My husband and I loved the hour we spent at Lone Elk Park. We saw both the elk and the bison and I couldn't be happier with the trip. Got some great pictures. I highly recommend if you're looking to practice some photography. We got...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katie W
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went through here while we were out and about. It never disappoints. Saw a good amount of elk and bison. Traffic was a little heavier than normal but was still a good time.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

First of all this place is FREE. I mean that’s unheard of anymore. You’ll see geese, bison, elk, deer, squirrels, and birds of different species. Beautiful lake, picnic areas, and bathrooms. Do yourself a favor is you are in the area and drive through. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Our uncle who lives in St Louis stopped here when we were on our way to somewhere else. It's free to drive through and you can possibly see some elk or bison. We were fortunate to see some. Theres a few places to stop and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen S
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We were happy to find this free drive through park on our last day in the Saint Louis area. We saw several elk, bison, and a couple of deer on our 20 minute drive. Have you ever seen a bison scratch an itch by using...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

What a find! This drive through an expansive reserve showcases (amazingly unperturbed) elk, deer, Canada geese & bison. The animals couldn't have cared less that we were there - a few feet away - snapping pictures like mad. There were some picnic areas set up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AnnaTheTraveling5
Reviewed September 19, 2018

I visited Lone Elk State Park in September after hearing about it for years. It is a steep hilly park near the Meramec River. I passed the World Bird Sanctuary a mile away and stopped in. Both are next to Hwy 44 near Hwy 270....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 23, 2017|
Response from LovesToAdventure | Reviewed this property |
They are open everyday at 8, enjoy! There is also a burd sanctuary on the same road, on the rightside right before Lone Elk park that has many beautiful eagles.
August 26, 2017|
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Response from 209hankh | Reviewed this property |
They do have a few port-a-johns. That's all.
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July 28, 2017|
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Response from Adventure627877 | Reviewed this property |
More like than likely yes. Unless you like stopping the car and just observing for a long time.
Travel Forum Posts
Charlotte, North Carolina
is east glacier a good base for a week trip to gnp? (8 Replies)
was going to stay at blaine lake bc the house is so lovely but it seems it is not terribly central. found Lone Elk Lodge in East Glacier that looks lovely also and seems central. I have reservations at swift current but the bedding is very tight (2 fulls) so hope that Lone Elk Lodge can serve as our lodging for the week. Owner said it is 1 hours to Many Medicine, 40 minutes to St Mary and they seem so helpful. thanks all.
November 07, 2016|
Response fromal_in_al|
I just answered your question elsewhere, but I'll copy and add on here... Lone Elk Lodge doesn't look like a bad location for visiting the Two Medicine area of the park - it would be a nice spot for kayaking, and there are a good range of hikes available there. Also East Glacier Park (the town) has some good dining options. Here are some basic drive time estimates: Lone Elk to Two Medicine = 30 mins (to the Lake, closer to East Glacier Park town or park entrance) Lone Elk to St. Mary...More
St. Louis
cismanspg Trip Report (0 Replies)
I am re-posting this for future forum uses who want to find trip reports. It was posted by CISMANSPG at the end of a thread: We made it back and had a great time. Our stay at the Drury Inn Southwest was great. Their breakfast and dinner options saved us a ton of money eating out. Day 1: Arrived in the late afternoon. And hit Swing Around Fun Town...My boy had a great time doing go-carts and bumper boats. Day 2: We didn't see much at Lone Elk park, but it was a wonderful drive. We...More
June 08, 2010|
Pensacola, Florida
Need help with quick visit to Yellowstone/Jackson Hole trip. (15 Replies)
I am driving from Helena, MT the morning of Sept. 8 and flying out of Jackson Hole the morning of September 11. I am traveling with my wife and three children ages 8, 6, and 4. I already have booked the 9th and 10th at the Lone Elk Lodge B&B in Victor ID and on the 8th I can either stay in Bozeman, MT or Rexburg, ID (I have a free stay at a Marriott Hotel and these seem to be the closest to this area that are available). Because we have such a short time in this area, I thought that maybe...More
August 14, 2012|
Response fromthbergs|
you will be doing a lot of driving if you try to do the entire park in a day from outside the park that far. perhaps do part on one day and then catch part of it on the way to Jackson? I would recommend trying to pick a few things you want to see and not try to do it all- the kids will not be happy with you!